Monday, March 07, 2011
Saw a new low weight on Saturday, 184.5 - but the scale said a lot of things. I think 185 ended up being about the most popular reading, but I am still pretty happy with that. Now to have another SLAMMIN week and see it move down even farther.
I had the best splurge meal ever at the Happy Tummy - she ran out of some pot pie ingredients by Saturday, so I got THE KING sandwich - hide if you don't want to here the description of the best sandwich ever, skip to the next ******
Bacon Fred Bread (best bread ever), Crunchy PB, Banana, and Bacon. Side of Brussel Sprouts. Some bites of a shared Caramel Apple Bread Pudding.
Otherwise I was pretty good this weekend, I didn't track on Sunday, bad Dana, but I was good. I made a new dessert from a recipe in Oxygen - Mini Cheesecake Bites!
Very delicious and easy and special looking. :) Here's what you do:
4oz cream cheese (fat free/reduced fat/whatever you fancy)
4oz fat free greek yogurt
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
4-5 packets of stevia
15 mini phyllo shells
You bring the cream cheese and yogurt to about room tempurature, beat it together, add the cocoa powder and stevia, and then fill the shells and chill for 1 hour. Each little shell is 31 cal, 1 fatg, 4 carbs, and 2g protein. I actually doubled the recipe so I used the whole little bar of cream cheese (I used reduced fat and I believe the nutrition count is accurate for reduced).
The recipe suggests you could had sprinkles to the top as well, but I was making this especially because my MIL could partake at only 4 carbs for a little treat since she is on a reduced carb diet (I think 90g- ish overall for a day, most of which comes in the form of her Medi-fast prepackaged type meals, so not a lot of room for things OUTSIDE of that with carbs), so I abstained from bonuses to avoid adding any more carbs to it.
I placed my order for my cigar box guitar. SOOOOOOOo excited. I picked a box. I should've brought my camera to take pictures of the shop and everything, but I'm pretty sure my box is like this one:
I know it's an Arturo Fuente, and the proportions look right on that one. My neck is gonna be ebony w/ natural in the middle, and w/ ivory tuning keys, and I'll have a drain hole for sound in the corner. It'll be similar to something like this one:
Only BETTER -because there will be actual hardware in the drain hole instead of a chasm, and the wood will be prettier, especially at the bottom - and there will be a nickel. The family name is Nickel, so they are called Nickel Cigar Box Guitars and they put a nickel in the wood down at the base of the guitar, like where the bridge is. Bottom line, it will be amazing and I can't wait.
Here's an article about the instrument and the guy(s) making mine:
This is inside their studio - see the piles of boxes on the shelves around? That's where you can go through and pick which box you want. :)
Super cool. Tonight - aquajogging and upper body ST.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
I am suffering from an acute case of Scale Madness.
So let's talk real numbers here.
Saturday I saw my weight actually at where my ticker says - WOOHOO for HONESTY!!! :) (185) and I was like sweet! Now I finally might move past that number!
Then Tuesday...187.... today.....188.5 WTF?!?!?!?!
Sorry guys but I'm baffled. I have only one possible solution, so I need you all to tell me if it is legit or not. haha.
I do not believe I've been high on sodium - I've been eating basically cereal for breakfast, fruits for snacks, leftovers for lunch (ok so I did eat out for lunch on Tuesday for lunch which was probably pretty high in sodium but that was TUESDAY, but dinner out was a chicken breast salad so probably not too horrible on the sodium front, right?) -
Mon dinner - Curried Chicken Salad (from Ellie Kriegers "So Easy" -so GOOD)
Tue - Salad w/ Chicken breast - no cheese, no tortilla strips - so corn, beans, chicken, lettuce, grapes, and a bit of a sweet pepper vinaigrette. (NOT A LOT) and a cupcake. MIL's Birthday
Wed - Chicken Pitas - chicken, spinach, hummus, feta. BAM!
So there's the food, been lightly over calories a couple of days (Tue turned out to be more like less than 100 over) and last night I was like 25 cal over, but overall very good and on track.
So the culprit I think might have something to do with it all - Strength Training.
I haven't been doing it, I started doing it again. My butt is sore, my chest and arms are still sore from Monday night, and I did some crunches last night after aquajogging and band even and my abs were kinda already sore so I kept it simple and just did a couple sets and called it a night.
Aiding and abetting is possibly not getting enough sleep? Wednesday night is a LATE NIGHT for me.
So what do you think, SparkPeople? Also - if it IS because of the ST, does that mean this weight is around to stay for a bit, or should it drop back down after I find an equilibrium with my ST? I'm definitely not stopping ST for fear of my weight going up because I KNOW it's good for me, I'm just looking to understand the changes on the scale.
I REALLY REALLY REALLY do not want to let my Scale Back team down. I started the Scale Back challenge at 189.5 on my home scale, Saturday at the end fo week 4 I weighed down 4.5lbs so on track for 10lbs lost, but now I'm almost back to square one and it's really frustrating.
As far as the BIG PICTURE goes - I know I'm losing weight for vanity purposes mostly - to get back into my skinniest pair of skinny jeans - and also to get faster in running, and that I'm at a healthy weight for my height, and I'm fit and all that. I want these goals, but big picture the time frame doesn't matter.
Small picture, I got a team that will only have a chance at winning money in a drawing if I can dial in the best way for me to get down by 10lb total by the end of 10 weeks and we're halfway through as of tomorrow.
So lend me your support, your thoughts, etc.! I need it!
Added 11:50PM: P.S. -- Keep it coming! I appreciate so much people telling me these things that I know are true, but for some reason have a hard time applying to myself when I get angry at the scale. I also wasn't sure that the amount was consistent with that type of a fluctuation so hearing you all say - yes it's the ST, relax - helps a lot! :)
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
So, I'm feeling pretty good today so far.
Today will be a challenge food-wise, though -- lunch out w/ my team and dinner out for my MIL's birthday. I know what I'm eating tonight for sure, lunch I have a tentative plan in my nutrition tracker but I might change tactics once we get there, I dunno.
As is, I'll be over for the day by about 150 calories - and I may have overestimated the chicken portion of the day, but underestimated some other thigns? And maybe the cupcake estimate seems a bit high, too - but I figure 150 over and being perfectly content with all food choices for the day is worth it for me. Maybe I can burn an extra 150 calories this week.
I've also changed my goals to lose 1.5lb instead of 2 a week. I don't think 2 was realistic really, but 1.5 I think is a good goal right now, and it shifted my calorie range by 100 cal up - not a lot, but at least now I'm not at the very bottom, and for some reason that's comforting for me? haha.
Couldn't aquajog yesterday due to a plumbing issue at the house in the middle of the night causing me to need to be at the gym in the AM to shower - but I DID do my upper body strength workout (gymstyle) and some ArcTrainer. Burned a comparable amount of calories as I would have aquajogging for a similar total time, so I felt good about it all. My foot is bugging me, but Plantar Fasciitis style and less so w/ my achilles. I rolled it out this morning and it feels a bit better today. Gotta stay on top of that!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
After being frustrated about seeing my weight shoot up on Thursday, then it go back down 2lbs but not far enough to count a "loss" for scale back for week 4, Saturday morning after being on point it was down another 2 to create what would have been a 1.5lb loss for last week. Gotta keep that moving down for this week. If I'm down .5lb from the weight I saw Saturday, I will be on track for the 10lbs lost in 10weeks so that's the main thing I'm hoping for.
Then it was chili cookoff last night - my splurge meal of the week - and I won an Honorable Mention award for my chili under the "Hottest Chili" category. :) I tasted the winner of that category and I liked the flavor of mine better. Their was all meat and tomatoes and beans and spice, mine had onions and peppers and corn and I like that better. It had a fresher flavor even while being spicy which I prefer - but then again, it's my chili! I make it that way on purpose!
In spite of it being about 1/2-2/3 of the way gone, we had leftovers to bring home so I will have something to bring for lunches. :) hehe.
Here's a picture of me with my prize. :) I also wore my new size 11 Jeggings all day Saturday. I think that sizing is flawed but it still strokes my ego and also being comfortable in skin tight fake jeans is no small feat either.
Now since I had my splurge of the week, it's back to being 100% tracked and on point all week long.
I also made a weight/strength plan for the week that I emailed to my scale back team.
M - upper body, T - lower, W - quick core, R - lower, F- upper, S- longer core, Su - rest.
I need to make sure to remind myself that doing a muscle grouping at a time means that it is REALLY SHORT and I have NO EXCUSES for missing this because I can do it in NO TIME. :)
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